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Places for People and Balfour Beatty appointed to bring 1,500 new homes to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Mayor of London and the London Legacy Development Corporation announced today (Monday 2 March) that Places for People and Balfour Beatty have been appointed to bring forward plans for up to 1,500 new homes, with up to 30 per cent affordable and 500 private homes to rent on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, six years ahead of the original masterplan.

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Places for People and Balfour Beatty were selected from a strong shortlist of six teams and will work on developing the neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater with a view to completing the development in 2023. Work to develop East Wick and Sweetwater will create a vibrant new community on the west of the Park linking to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

East Wick will create up to 850 new homes and is located in the north west of the Park next to Hackney Wick and the digital quarter at Here East. It will include townhouses, mews, studios and flats, a new primary school and two new nurseries. Sweetwater will provide up to 650 new homes and is located in the south-west of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena. It includes studios, apartments and family homes with private gardens, a new primary school, two new nurseries and a health centre.

Both new neighbourhoods will include high quality, purpose built homes to rent allowing for a wider choice for Londoners. There will also be opportunities for independent shops and businesses as part of developing thriving new neighbourhoods.

We are delighted by the high quality of the bid from Places for People and Balfour Beatty, which offers exciting opportunities for local people, businesses and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. East Wick and Sweetwater will exemplify the best of London’s residential architecture and we hope it can provide a model for speeding up delivery across London.

— David Goldstone Chief Executive London Legacy Development Corporation

This is East London's moment and it's our big moment too and we are thrilled to have been selected to be part of the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With our partner, Balfour Beatty, we have the perfect opportunity to work with the London Legacy Development Corporation to create a truly unique and exciting place to live. This is exactly what Places for People is about, making great places and ensuring that the true Legacy of 2012 lives on by creating opportunities for the existing communities around the park to share in its success

— David Cowans, Chief Executive at Places for People

I look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to ensure that commitments made as part of the London 2012 Games are delivered by not only creating new communities but also new jobs, and apprenticeships for young people wanting to join the growing infrastructure sector. With our partner, Places for People, we are very excited to be able to create these new, vibrant, sustainable communities for East London

— Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive
East Wick

Up to 850 new homes Located in the north-west of the Park next to Hackney Wick and Here East Townhouses, mews, studios and flats New primary school and two new nurseries Floor space will consist of up to:

  • 96,000sqm residential
  • 9,000sqm employment
  • 5,600sqm community
  • 4,700sqm retail and leisure Sweetwater

Up to 650 new homes Located in the south-west of the Park near Old Ford and the Copper Box Arena Studios, flats and family homes with private gardens New primary school and two new nurseries and a health centre Floor space will consist of up to:

  • 67,700sqm residential
  • 1,000sqm employment
  • 8,400sqm communit
  • 2,500sqm retail

Today’s announcement is part of the Mayor’s commitment to double housebuilding as London’s population continues to boom. His Housing Strategy has put forward a range of pioneering measures to boost housing supply, stimulate building and produce more low cost homes to help meet the 42,000 homes a year that are needed to manage London’s increasing population.

Other measures include the designation of at least 20 Housing Zones to unlock and accelerate 50,000 homes in partnership with London Boroughs and the London Housing Bank to accelerate big schemes, the release of hundreds of acres of land owned by the GLA. The Mayor is also on track to deliver his challenging target of 100,000 affordable homes by the end of his second Mayoral term with almost 83,000 delivered to date.